Singarounds

2018

Minchinhampton Folk Club www.minchfolkclub.org
Since our founding in July 2003 by local folkie John Mills, Minchinhampton Folk Club has given enormous pleasure to thousands of singers, players, listeners and joiners-in from the four corners of the British Isles as well as further afield. We call ourselves a folk club because people understand how folk clubs work, but we are by no means just about folk music. Each Thursday night from about 8.15, the rafters ring to the sound of modern and traditional folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, bluegrass – in fact, all kinds of music.
At MFC we believe in encouraging new performers and fresh talent – just turn up, introduce yourself and play. We don’t expect you to be accomplished, just to do your best and enter into the spirit of the evening.
We meet in the Maypole Room at the Old Crown, Paganhill, Stroud (see news and info pages). The music starts at 8.15 and finishes around 11, depending on numbers. Requested donation £2 on entry, and please give more if we have a guest artist ‘doing it for the door’.
Folk Club at the Little Vic Sunday 1-3pm

CHRIS BEAUMONT huppees@gmail.com
Well known area singer and musician, Chris has been a longtime organizer of the Cheltenham Folk Club., held Sundays in the Sandford Ale House in Cheltenham.
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 1-2:45pm

 

The Gloucester Diamonds    robin@robinburton.co.uk +44 7843 241371
Paul and Robin walked into a pub during the 2015 Gloucester Shanty Festival and met Rod. “Do you know where we can do some singing?” we asked. “I’m booked to sing outside in ten minutes, you can join me,” said Rod.
Afterwards, we all said “That was fun… we should do more of it”.
So we have. Since that meeting, and with the addition of Deb Hannis to the band, the Gloucester Diamonds has evolved into much more than a shanty group. A Diamond performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis, Paul Carter and Robin Burton

Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm. &
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm

Concerts

2018

Saturday 22 September, 8pm
NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN 
Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music from England and Australia
Twice winners “Best Duo” (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003, 2011) also winners of the Horizon
Award (2000).
Nancy Kerr won the 2015 “Folk Singer of the Year” (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards)
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the
British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and
instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry
between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs
across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has
become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural
Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of
the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011.
Nancy Kerr a simply outstanding writer of songs, one of England’s best-known folk fiddle players
and in 2015 won “Folk Singer of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is in constant
demand as a songwriter, performer and teacher. As well as the duo with James, her recent work
has included the multi-award-winning “The Full English” band, “The Elizabethan Session”, Melrose
Quartet and the trio Simpson Cutting Kerr (with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting). 2017 tours
include with Bellamy’s “The Transports” and “Shake the Chains”. She is co-director of the
Soundpost fiddle and singing workshop weekends in Sheffield. Her duo in the 1990s with Eliza
Carthy saw her shoot to international prominence on the folk scene in her teens and she hasn’t
looked back. Her recent solo albums “Sweet Visitor” and “Instar” have won Nancy a new legion of
fans.
James Fagan was born in Australia and raised in a folk-singing family The Fagans. He is a multiinstrumentalist
and singer, specialising in bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. As well as working side
by side with Nancy for nearly two decades, James is part of Melrose Quartet and The James
Brothers (his antipodean duo with Kiwi Jamie McClennan.) James is constantly in demand as a
session player and appears on albums by Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Brian Finnegan, Eliza
Carthy and Spiers & Boden. He was part of Bellowhead for their Hedonism tour in 2010 and has
been a regular member of the Cara Dillon Band, having played bouzouki on her three most recent
CDs. He is a core vocal tutor on the Newcastle University Folk Music Degree Course.
As a duo, Nancy and James have toured internationally, most notably in the British Isles, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They have thousands of fans and despite now having two
children continue to work and tour constantly from their home base in Sheffield. Starting a family
has reduced the amount of time they can spend on the road together, so their duo shows are now
special and sought-after events.
Selected Discography:
1997: Starry Gazy Pie – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
1999: Steely Water – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2002: Between The Dark and Light – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2006: Strands of Gold – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2008: Station House (with Robert Harbron). Fellside Records.
2010: Twice Reflected Sun – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Navigator Records.
2014: Sweet Visitor (Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band) Little Dish Records.
2016: Instar (Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band) Little Dish Records
www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk   email Sub Rooms Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm Curfew 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 (Booking Fee) 01453 760900

Phil King www.phil-king.net
As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage has already caught excellent media attention with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “Absolutely Brilliant” and a Song Weaver”.  Phil has been touring to promote his latest release, a live solo album, recorded at Bristol’s beautiful and intimate Wardrobe Theatre.
“Always lyrical, tuneful and emotional, lovers of the darker side of folk and roots-based music will find plenty to enjoy.”  R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine
“Stunningly Beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.”> – Folk Radio UK
“Phil’s songs are couched in the simple language of truth.” – Fatea Magazine>.

NIALL KELLY
Derry / N Irish-man Niall Kelly has through immersion on the UK roots scene and the release of two highly regarded albums established a valued reputation in the industry. Enough to secure the support slot with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on their autumn tour in 2017 and secure the involvement of world class musicians such as lap-steel legend BJ Cole and brass section Matt Holland & Martin Winning (Van Morrison/Roger Daltrey/Ray Charles).
It is Folk to some, Celtic/Country/Americana/Blue s fusion to others, either way Niall Kelly’s cross-over appeal has brought about numerous festival appearances this year ranging from the Colne Great British R&B Festival to Cogges Farm Folk Festival.
“Fantastic album. A modern Van Morrison!” – Robert Elms BBC Radio London.
“Balm for the soul!” Mat Snow – Q magazine.
Saturday September 22 at the Ale House 8pm Admission Free.

Celtic Conspiracy Contact: James Milroy ; jamesmilroy57@outlook.com
www.facebook.com/pg/celticconspiracy/ 01453 883565
Celtic Conspiracy are a band based in Gloucestershire specialising in traditional celtic tunes fused with other musical genres such as jazz and reggae. The line- up includes flute, alto sax, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and bass.”
In the courtyard at Star Anise Sunday September 23rd  11am -12.30 ( bottom of Gloucester St)

Imperial Hotel Sunday Concert ↓
Rod Penlington & Robin Burton fakebook.com/robinisfromsomerset
Paul and Robin walked into a pub during the 2015 Gloucester Shanty Festival and met Rod. “Do you know where we can do some singing?” we asked. “I’m booked to sing outside in ten minutes, you can join me,” said Rod.
Afterwards, we all said “That was fun… we should do more of it”. So we have. Since that meeting, and with the addition of Deb Hannis to the band, the Gloucester Diamonds has evolved into much more than a shanty group. A Diamond performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis, Paul Carter and Robin Burton
robin@robinburton.co.uk
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm

Gwilym Davies   fakebook.com/gwilymd1
Despite his Welsh name and ancestry, Gwilym Davies is a Hampshire man who has been resident in Gloucestershire since the 1970s. He is an experienced singer of traditional songs and, when not singing unaccompanied, accompanies himself on melodeon or banjo. For more than 40 years, Gwilym has been tracking down and recording traditional singers, and more that half his repertoire is based on songs from those singers. He sings a large number of songs from the English traveller (gypsy) community which he has learnt first hand. Most of his English songs come from the south and south-west of England, and he also sings a number of songs from his collecting trips to the USA.Gwilym is experienced in folk clubs, concerts, festivals radio and recording.
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 2:00-2:30pm.

Doug Watt (FB page)
Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 2:30-3pm

Ken Langsbury
Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Kens says: “I’m eighty I only do gigs I know I’m going to enjoy and I did enjoy it very much last year”
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 3-3:30pm

Brad McEwen  citternbard.yolasite.com
third generation Canadian, descended from Irish and Scottish immigrants. Accompanying himself on cittern, his solo repertoire consists of Canadian variants of British ballads as well as songs from Canadian traditional historical sources. The rich tradition of Canada is often overlooked and Brad hopes to raise awareness of his country’s history and contributions to the world in songs and stories. Supported on Double Bass by well known local musician Kevin Bown.
Concert at the Imperial Sunday 3:30-4pm.

DISCOVERY fakebook.com/discoveryfolk/
Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4-4:30pm

Blonds With Beards fakebook.com/BlondesWithBeards/
Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.” They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material. The lead vocals come mainly from the girls, Jan and Jo (The Blondes,) with additional vocals, guitar accompaniment from Richard and Jeff (the Beards).
Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4:30 – 5.00pm

2018

THE DURSLEY SESSION facebook.com/groups/325195494263277/
Dursley Music Session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8.00pm onwards Ye Olde Dursley Hotel, Long St., Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome. For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message.
Friday evening at the Ale House 8pm

THE FIVE VALLEYS SESSION
The Five Valleys Session regularly meet at Stroud Brewery, Thrupp GL5 2BU on the 1st Thursday and at The Ram, South Woodchester GL5 5EQ on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The music is mainly a mix of Celtic and English tunes, with a peppering of French, Scandinavian and maybe Americana and a bit of blues. Alternatively, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Stroud Brewery there is often an offshoot of this group playing mainly Balkan & Klezmer tunes. This weekend they are hosting:
Music Session at the Ale House Saturday 1-2:45pm.

FINNEGAN’S WOK facebook.com/finneganswokceilidhband    Richard Cox 07890 985381 coxrac@aol.com

Finnegans Wok is a five piece Ceilidh band playing a mixture of music from Great Britain & Ireland to which we add the occasional American set. The instrumentation comprises fiddle, melodeon, whistles, guitar, tenor banjo & percussion, occasionally adding flute & various members of the mandolin family.

Over the years the band has performed at Ceilidhs & barn dances for wedding receptions, anniversaries, fund-raising events & parties of all sorts; anywhere, in fact where a good time is wanted. If the beer is good we’ll be there.

Music Session at the Ale House Sunday 2-4 pm.  

 

MORRIS SIDES 2018 – running order 2018

ENGLAND’S GLORY MORRIS www.englandsglory.org.uk/

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England’s Glory Ladies Morris were formed in 1972, first dancing out in 1973 and are therefore one of the longest established ladies morris sides in the world! We are named after the historic brand of matches manufactured in Gloucester for about 100 years by the Morland family.

RAGGED & OLD MORRIS http://www.raggedandold.com

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Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed dance side, formed in 1985 located near Stroud in Gloucestershire, performing newly created dances in the Cotswold style. Our Facebook and Twitter pages contain further information on recent activities.
www.raggedandold.com

RAG MORRIS www.ragmorris.com
Rag Morris are the Morris dance team attached to the University of Bristol and we have one of the longest continuous University connections in the country. Rag Morris are an officially recognised society of the University of Bristol Students’ Union, formed in 1981.
Rag Morris has acquired its own inimitable style over the last thirty years – energetic, colourful, comic, a bit ‘off-the-wall’ and certainly never boring. We wear brilliantly coloured ‘rag shirts’ and ribboned bells. Our repertoire comes from the dances of the Cotswolds and the Welsh Borders.

SABOTAGE CLOG facebook.com/sabotageclog

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Sabotage Clog is a group of clog dancers who meet in Cirencester and perform dances from England and further afield accompanied by live folk music. We are available to dance at events such as village fetes, folk festivals, weddings etc.

GWERINWYR GWENT www.gwerinwyrgwent.org.uk

 Gwerinwyr Gwent is a Welsh folk dance team aiming to keep alive the culture and tradition of Welsh music and dance. The team was formed in 1976 by eight people from the Gwent area who were interested in Welsh folk dancing. The name of the team can be translated as “folk-people of Gwent” We dance just for pleasure, although we take part in festivals and demonstrations both in Wales and Europe

STROUD MORRIS http://www.stroudmorris.org.uk

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Stroud Morris usually dance on a Monday evening from May until September outside local pubs, Stroud Morris Men were formed in 1978, and were joined rapidly by Stroud Morris Ladies to make up two sides. Gradually, the Morris Men have left, and Stroud Morris Ladies have persisted, so we are now a ladies’ side.

MALMESBURY MORRIS www.malmesburymorris.org.uk
Malmesbury Morris was formed in the summer of 2004 to provide a local Morris Dancing group for the Malmesbury area. Despite the fact that morris dancing in Malmesbury can be traced back to at least 1641, the tradition did not survive the Industrial Revolution. Previously called called Malmesbury Mixed Morris we decided to change our name to Malmesbury Morris in September 2005 We perform mainly Cotswold and Border style dances both traditional and modern.

FOX’S MORRIS www.foxsmorris.org.uk

Fox’s Morris are a mixed Border Morris Dance side, formed in 1999 and based in the Worcestershire village of Cookley. They dance both traditional dances from the Welsh Borders and contemporary dances in the Border-style

MISERDEN MORRIS miserdenmorris.com/

Miserden Morris was established in October 2016 by a few members of the Gloucestershire Morris Men and some enthusiastic new recruits! This side is a mixed side, meaning that we have male and female dancers. We dance in the Cotswold tradition with dances from Gloucestershire, we do stick dances, hanky dances and corner dances!
gloucestershiremixedmorris.com

NANCY BUTTERFLY www.nancybutterfly.co.uk

Nancy Butterfly were formed in 1980. We dance in the North-West Morris tradition. This is a style which is both exuberant, energetic and keeps you fit! Amongst the many things which distinguish it from the other Morris traditions are the distinctive clogs which can be seen and heard during our performances.
We dance at Folk Festivals and welcome bookings to dance at local events, pubs, and inns.

TATTERS & TAILS tattersandtails.webs.com

Tatters and Tails – In 2012 friends from across Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire talked about starting a border team. A few months later, after a slow start, 5 dancers and an Iphone as our band we ’borrowed’ some musicians ready to don our tatter tail coats for our first dance out at Chippenham folk festival. We now dance at pubs across the south west throughout the summer, have performed for fete’s and charity fund raisers, as well as Folk Festivals and Morris gatherings

APPLEYARD
  Appleyard were formed in 1991 to add some sparkle to Upton-upon-Severn Oak Apple Day celebrations. Our mascot is a duck, as our name is taken from the pretty silver and green Appleyard Duck.
We enjoy performing a wide range of dances — morris, border, folk, originating from all over the UK, many traditionally performed by women. Some have historical significance and have been passed down the generations. Some dances we modify to suit our group and some we construct ourselves to mark a special occasion or event, all using traditional steps.
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the KNIGHTS of KING INA
  The Knights of King Ina are a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and steps collected in the early 20th century. These dances were typically seen as competition or show off dances and only danced by those considered to be the best dancers in a team or side.
koki.org.uk

the STROUD WASSAILERS www.stroudwassail.com robin@robinburton.co.uk

The Stroud Wassailers were formed in 2016 with the aim of taking the Stroud Wassail on tour. They have performed songs and plays in more than 20 venues around the county including Johnny Coppin’s “All on a Winter’s Night” show at the Subscription Rooms.
The emphasis is on audience participation. You are invited to sing along, to cheer and to heckle. Just bear in mind that the Wassailers may also heckle back. The traditional greeting for the Wassailers is “Waes Hael” (Be of good health) and the traditional reply is Drinc Hael” (drink healthily). 10:15 am Saturday in the Subs Forecourt and ???pm Museum in the Park

 

E-mail: Programme Co-ordinator

Artists

2018

    NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN      Sub Rooms page

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the
British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and
instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry
between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs
across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has
become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural
Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of
the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011.
Sept 22, Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm to 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 Booking Fee doors
01453 760900

 PHIL KING  Sub Rooms page
  As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage has already caught excellent media attention with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. Phil has been touring to promote his latest release, a live solo album, recorded at Bristol’s beautiful and intimate Wardrobe Theatre.
Sept 22, Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm Curfew 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 Booking Fee doors
01453 760900

NIALL KELLY
  A Derry / N Irish-man Niall Kelly has thorough immersion on the UK roots scene and the release of two highly regarded albums established a valued reputation in the industry. Enough to secure the support slot with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on their autumn tour in 2017 and secure the involvement of world class musicians such as lap-steel legend BJ Cole and brass section Matt Holland & Martin Winning (Van Morrison/Roger Daltrey/Ray Charles).
It is Folk to some, Celtic/Country/Americana/Blue s fusion to others, either way Niall Kelly’s cross-over appeal has brought about numerous festival appearances this year ranging from the Colne Great British R&B Festival to Cogges Farm Folk Festival.
Saturday September 22 at the Ale House 8pm Admission Free

CELTIC CONSPIRACY fakebook.com/pg/celticconspiracy/ 01453 883565  Contact:  James Milroy
  Celtic Conspiracy are a band based in Gloucestershire specialising in traditional celtic tunes fused with other musical genres such as jazz and reggae. The line- up includes flute, alto sax, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and bass.”
In the courtyard at Star Anise Sunday 11am -12.30 Admission Free

 

The STROUD WASSAILERS        www.stroudwassail.com     robin@robinburton.co.uk


The Stroud Wassailers were formed in 2016 with the aim of taking the Stroud Wassail on tour. They have performed songs and plays in more than 20 venues around the county including Johnny Coppin’s “All on a Winter’s Night” show at the Subscription Rooms.
The emphasis is on audience participation. You are invited to sing along, to cheer and to heckle. Just bear in mind that the Wassailers may also heckle back. The traditional greeting for the Wassailers is “Waes Hael” (Be of good health) and the traditional reply is Drinc Hael” (drink healthily)…

CHRIS BEAUMONT huppees@gmail.com
Well known area singer and musician, Chris has been a longtime organizer of the Cheltenham Folk Club., held Sundays in the Sandford Ale House in Cheltenham. Saturday Little Vic

 

Finnegan’s Wok    fakebook.com/finneganswokceilidhband

 Finnegans Wok is a five piece Ceilidh band playing a mixture of music from Great Britain & Ireland to which we add the occasional American set. The instrumentation comprises fiddle, melodeon, whistles, guitar, tenor banjo & percussion, occasionally adding flute & various members of the mandolin family. Over the years the band has performed at Ceilidhs & barn dances for wedding receptions, anniversaries, fund-raising events & parties of all sorts; anywhere, in fact where a good time is wanted. If the beer is good we’ll be there. Sunday Ale House Richard Cox 07890 985381 coxrac@aol.com

 

BLONDES WITH BEARDS fakebook.com/BlondesWithBeards/

   Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.”  They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material.  The lead vocals come mainly from the girls, Jan and Jo (The Blondes,) with additional vocals, guitar and string bass accompaniment from Richard and Paul, (the Beards).  Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material.  The group is still developing and feel they have only scratched the surface of what they want to do. Sunday Imperial Hotel

MISCHIEFAFOOT   fakebook.com/mischiefafoot/

Mischief Afoot are Becky Dellow on fiddle, John Davis on recorder and bodhran, and Jeff Gillett on guitar, mandola, mandolin, English concertina and vocals. They play a mixture of English, Irish and American folk songs and tunes, as well as self-penned compositions. Mischief Afoot set out to entertain an audience with music for the heart, mind and feet and with songs to make them laugh, cry and sing along. The instrumental work can be dazzling, inventive, sensitive, playful or downright mischievous! 8 pm Sunday at the Prince Albert

GWILYM DAVIES      fakebook.com/gwilymd1
   Gwilym Davies is one of the most active folk song collectors in England, and of the 1,200 plus songs that he has collected, the majority have been found in Gloucestershire. He has recently been one of the leading figures in the creation of the online database Gloucestershire Traditions. Today he will talk about the songs of Gloucestershire and the collectors who have collected them over the last 100 years. Sunday Imperial Hotel

DISCOVERY     fakebook.com/discoveryfolk/

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Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes. Sunday Imperial Hotel

THE DURSLEY SESSION   fakebook.com/groups/325195494263277/

   Dursley Music Session has become a well established event in the Severn Vale. The session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8pm onwards at Ye Olde DursleyHotel, Long St, Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome.  For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message FB. Friday Ale House

FRAN WADE & KEVIN BOWN   c/o Pheonix Ceilidh Band

   As well as being members of Commonground, Grand Union and Flying Clouds they have played on the ceilidh stages of all the major folk festivals in the country, including regular appearances at Sidmouth and Whitby. They have been part of Phoenix for five years, working with Rod Stradling and Martin Brinsford at major folk events and recording with them. Their work with the Scottish Band Dalriada has taken them further afield to festivals in France, Poland ,Sardinia and New Zealand. They have taught harmony singing through their involvement with the Prince Albert Consort in their home town of Stroud.

 

THE GLOUCESTER DIAMONDS     fakebook.com/TheGloucesterDiamonds/?fref=ts  robin@robinburton.co.uk

    The Diamonds formed in 1988. Over the years the line-up changed but always included Andrew Taylor and Rod Penlington, until Andrew’s death. Last year Paul Carter and Robin Burton joined Rod, and Debra Hannis became the fourth member. The shanty group are all fine singers with a wide repertoire. Saturday Little Vic & Sunday Imperial Hotel

 

Ken Langsbury & Kate Dean

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Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Kens says: “I’m eighty I only do gigs I know I’m going to enjoy and I did enjoy it very much last year”
Sunday Imperial Hotel

 

Brad McEwen   citternbard.yolasite.com (artistic director of the Mill Race Folk Festival, Cambridge, Ontario)

      a third generation Canadian, descended from Irish and Scottish immigrants. Accompanying himself on cittern, his solo repertoire consists of Canadian variants of British ballads as well as songs from Canadian traditional historical sources. The rich tradition of Canada is often overlooked and Brad hopes to raise awareness of his country’s history and contributions to the world in songs and stories. Supported on Double Bass by well known local musician Kevin Bown. Sunday Imperial Hotel

DOUG WATT   (FB page)

   Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs. Sunday Imperial Hotel

MORRIS SIDES (2017)

CHALFORD STICK CO.     chalfordstickcompany.blogspot.co.uk/

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Named after the industry of walking stick and umbrella handle manufacturing in the Chalford  Valley in the 19th and 20th century. We are a Morris side who specialise in dancing jigs in the Cotswold tradition and are based in the Stroud Valleys.

ENGLAND’S GLORY MORRIS      www.englandsglory.org.uk/

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England’s Glory were formed in 1972, first dancing out in 1973 and are therefore one of the longest established ladies morris sides in the world! We are named after the historic brand of matches manufactured in Gloucester for about 100 years by the Morland family. We practise on Monday evenings at 8pm from September to the middle of April and from May to September, we dance outside pubs in Gloucestershire on Monday evenings as well as visiting folk festivals and appearing at village fetes and other local events.

FULL MOON MORRIS         www.fullmoonmorris.co.uk/

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Mixed Cotswold morris side, loosely based in South Wales. Formed in 1997 from dancers who belonged to other Morris sides in South Wales but wanted to ‘get out more’. The name comes from a small hamlet near Cross Keys. Though there is little to see now, the name lives on in a roundabout on the A367!

HAPPENSTANCE MORRIS     happenstancemorris.org.uk/wp/

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Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. We are based in Winchcombe, nestling in the shadow of Cleeve Hill. We meet on Thursday evenings in the winter and at various events in the summer months. Happenstance welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicianship.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MORRIS MEN      www.glosmorrismen.org/

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  The Gloucestershire Morris Men have been performing traditional Cotswold Morris dances for the last 80 and more years. Today they dance throughout the spring and summer months, each Tuesday night (see this year’s programme) at some of the wonderful countryside pubs we have scattered about the county.

Gloucestershire Mixed Morris      gloucestershiremixedmorris.com

      established in October 2016 by a few members of the Gloucestershire Morris Men and some enthusiastic new recruits! This side is a mixed side, meaning that we have male and female dancers. We dance in the Cotswold tradition with dances from Gloucestershire, we do stick dances, hanky dances and corner dances!

 

RAGGED & OLD MORRIS       http://www.raggedandold.com

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Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed  dance side located near Stroud in Gloucestershire, performing newly created dances in the Cotswold style. Our Facebook and Twitter pages contain further information on recent activities.

Rag Morris        www.ragmorris.com
      are the Morris dance team attached to the University of Bristol and we have one of the longest continuous University connections in the country. Rag Morris are an officially recognised society of the University of Bristol Students’ Union, formed in 1981.
Rag Morris has acquired its own inimitable style over the last thirty years – energetic, colourful, comic, a bit ‘off-the-wall’ and certainly never boring. We wear brilliantly coloured ‘rag shirts’ and ribboned bells. Our repertoire comes from the dances of the Cotswolds and the Welsh Borders.

SABOTAGE CLOG     https://www.facebook.com/sabotageclog

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We are a group of clog dancers who meet in Cirencester and perform dances from England and further afield accompanied by live folk music. We are available to dance at events such as village fetes, folk festivals, weddings etc. New members are welcome.

STROUD MORRIS      http://www.stroudmorris.org.uk

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We usually dance on a Monday evening from May until September outside local pubs, but are in great demand to perform at events and festivals both in England and abroad. We’ve featured on Ashley Hutchings’ (Fairport Convention / Albion Band / Steeleye Span) “Grandson of Morris On” album and in the “Morris On” show.

STYX OF STROUD       styxofstroud.com

IMG_0279     Styx of Stroud is a mixed Border Morris side founded in 2013 to perform traditional and contemporary dances in the Border style. We wear traditional tattercoats, predominantly black, but with flashes of red and green to reflect the felt-making heritage of our home town of Stroud in Gloucestershire. Our faces are blackened to honour the original Border dancers who would blacken their faces with soot as a disguise to avoid prosecution for begging.

Clocs Canton     www.clocscanton.co.uk

     are a North West Morris dance group based in Cardiff, South Wales. We were formed in 1986 and dance North West Morris which is a distinctive type of morris using clogs. We perform at a variety of events – fetes, festivals and in pubs both around Cardiff and further afield.

Winterbourn Down Border Morris        www.winterbourndownbordermorris.co.uk
       is a dance side for men and women based just north-east of Bristol, performing mainly self-penned dances in the Border style. Summer evenings see us out and about, dancing at local pubs.

The Knights of King Ina       www.koki.org.uk
     are a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and steps collected in the early 20th century. These dances were typically seen as competition or show off dances and only danced by those considered to be the best dancers in a team or side.

Malmesbury Morris     www.malmesburymorris.org.uk
      formed in the summer of 2004 to provide a local Morris Dancing group for the Malmesbury area. Despite the fact that morris dancing in Malmesbury can be traced back to at least 1641, the tradition did not survive the Industrial Revolution. Previously called called Malmesbury Mixed Morris we decided to change our name to Malmesbury Morris in September 2005 We perform mainly Cotswold and Border style dances both traditional and modern.

Fox’s Morris www.foxsmorris.org.uk

     a mixed Border Morris Dance side, formed in 1999 and based in the Worcestershire village of Cookley. They dance both traditional dances from the Welsh Borders and contemporary dances in the Border-style

 

 

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